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Stimulus deal comes into focus

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/17/20, 05:24 pm

Congress expects to work over the weekend on a nearly $1 trillion pandemic economic relief bill. Lawmakers will have to pass another continuing resolution to keep the government from shutting down Friday night, but they hope to have a stimulus deal and an overall federal budget passed by Christmas.

What relief can Americans expect? They’ve agreed so far on more than $300 billion in aid to businesses; an extension of additional unemployment benefits; $600 direct payments to individuals; vaccine distribution funds; and money for renters, schools, the Postal Service and people needing food aid. Negotiators are still at odds over disaster relief, healthcare spending, what to do with the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending program, and who should receive stimulus checks.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the reasons for delays in the budgeting process.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Fri, 12/18/2020 06:48 am

    Here comes the government to help us. And again we think of Ronald Reagan's quote of the 9 most feared words in the English language. I'm also reminded of EB White's 1937 short story "The Family That Dwelt Apart". You can see a shot video narrated by E.B. White himself. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGGh-5a0tsU&feature=youtu.be

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 12/19/2020 02:34 pm

    Thanks for posting the link, I had never seen that E. B. White short before.  I'm afraid we've passed from a nation of mostly independent people to a nation with possibly a majority now demanding their entitlements. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Sat, 12/19/2020 06:02 pm

    Agreed. We have come a  l o n g  way from "pulling yourself up by the bootstraps."

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